Sunday, October 8, 2017

We are all Mad in First Grade!

Friday, October 6 is National Madhatter Day! How many of you knew that?

I love doing classroom flips! I love to #setthestagetoengage my students! So when I saw this day on the calendar, I knew this was for my kids!!! 

Of course, who had what I needed to make this day a success??! Oriental Trading and Learn365!!!

So the thinking and hunting began! First how do I turn my classroom into a madhatter tea party because I didn't want to focus on Alice in Wonderland. The focus had to be the Mad Hatter! So of course, I first go to Amazon to find a book! 

Here is what I found! 

Then off to Oriental Trading and Learn365 I went! I wanted table cloths and tea cups and hats! I had exactly what I wanted pictured in my mind! 

They had it all!!! First I had to get a mad hatter hat for myself!

Here it is again!

Then I searched for room decor!! Look at what they had!

These are giant tea cups that are attached to each other with fishing line. They are very long so I cut them in half and made two sets of cups to hang from my ceiling!!!

The green plastic table cloth comes on a roll so you just cut to fit to your tables! Very sturdy and I love the color of the green! The centerpieces are a sturdy styrofoam and they are easy to put together! I love how it has the colors, tea cups and tea pots and the mad hatter hat!!!

Aren't these hats adorable! They are so sturdy and they are the perfect addition for the mad hatter day! Oriental Trading has so many fun things to add to your units!!! 

I thought the candy pencils would add a little whimsy and then when I added the madhatter created by the amazing melonheadz, well it was just too adorbs!!!

I made water bottle labels and found these straws at party city!

Each child's area looked like this when they came in to class!

I found some other cute additions at Party City as well!

Door hanging tea cups and a centerpiece! The mad hatter doll is a Barbie I found on clearance at Toys R Us!!

I also got the background from party city and the giant tea cups from oriental Trading for my photo booth!!! The rabbit and other items were given to me from a friend who didn't want them anymore!

We read the book, talked about it, described the mad hatter, made mad hatters and subtracted with the mad hatter! 

Here is a collage of our room!

We got tea cups from the Dollar Tree and they decorated them with sharpies! We then tied a drink me tag to their handle and they brought them home!!!!

This was a very busy yet fun day! We learned all of our skills and expectations and had fun doing it! Once again Oriental Trading and Learn365 had exactly what I needed to make this experience a success!!!

Please tap the mad hatter below to go to my tpt store to get my mad hatter mini unit so you can do this in your class!

Here is a picture of all of us Mad firsties!

Oriental Trading and Learn365 did not pay me for my opinions! I was given the products in return for my own honest thoughts and opinions, my opinions are my own and are not influenced by Oriental Trading in any way!

Subtraction with Pete the Cat

Subtraction is always such a difficult concept to teach my firsties. They seem to just be getting addition and then wham we hit them with subtraction. To some, subtraction is mind blowing!!

Kids at this age need multimodality activities and lots of practice to understand many of the concepts we are trying to teach them. I have found that with subtraction just reviewing and having them physically put things on and take things away ingrain into them what subtraction is. 

I am also a firm believer that children's literature is needed to introduce many of the skills we teach throughout the day. 

After we listen to the story and we do a number talk, then we dive into subtracting. I made a Pete the Cat for each of them and they get a small container of buttons! This is where the fun begins! They go back to their seats and we just practice doing subtraction problems with our Pete the Cats!

If you notice there are no worksheets present. J do not believe in giving them worksheets when I am just introducing the topic. We are focusing on what is subtraction and how does subtraction look! They are acting it out and we are talking as they add buttons and take them away! They are practicing writing subtraction sentences on their desk next to their Pete the Cat and we are talking about the sentences they are writing as focusing on the difference! And yes, I make them use the vocabulary!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Talk like a pirate day!

There are several days throughout the year that I love to teach my children about. Talk like a pirate is one of them!!!

It is a fun day that you can turn into an educational experience and one that the kids love and never forget!

Thanks to oriental Trading and their new site, Learn365, you can get all that you need for this day to be a success!

First of course you need the pirate head gear! 

My kids loved their head gear from Oriental Trading! They also loved their eyepatches as well!!

Here is a picture of their whole look!!

The blow up pirate, ship wheel and pirate border are all from Oriental Trading! The pirate background is from target! It is a tablecloth for birthdays! 

Here is a picture of my photo area before the day began! I also love the talk like a pirate melonheadz that I got for this special day!

We also read the book, How I Became a Pirate written by David Shannon! This was my first graders first experience with reading a nonfiction and fiction book and comparing and contrasting! They did an excellent job!

What Pirates day is not complete without getting a booty! Here is the treasure my pirates earned.

Here we are as a gang of pirates learning all that we can while we are still having an enjoyable time! Isn't that what education is supposed to be about!

Oriental Trading and Learn365 did not pay me for my opinions! I was given the products in return for my own honest thoughts and opinions, my opinions are my own and are not influenced by Oriental Trading in any way!

Dot Day!

Have you heard about Dot Day??? Have you read the book, The Dot written by Peter Reynolds?

If the answer is yes, then you will understand my passion and love for this day and book! If your answer is no, then read on and you will definitely see by the end of the post!!!!

Dot Day is a day to celebrate Growth Mindset! It is a day where creativity and the I can or the Power of Yet takes center stage! It is a day where your children will learn the most powerful lesson of all, Yes I can do it! All it takes is a little growth Mindset and the power of Yet!!!!!

Oriental Trading and their new site, Learn365 have so many amazing products to help bring this day alive in your classrooms!! First they have awesome decorations for this day! From polka dotted tablecloths to hanging dots to a polka dotted background for your photo shoot!! The melonheadz kids in the photo area are from her create set!!

Dot day is such an inspiring day for them to be creative! I love how they decorated their dots! We will be hanging these on the ceiling so when they begin to get that I can't feeling they can look up at their dot and remember that it is I can't do it yet!!

Of course we had to do the coloring of the coffee filter and then spraying it with water so they can see their dot spread! Just like vashti saw her dot spread! They loved this!! The excitement was awesome!

I love SitSpots!!! This is one of the best products I have ever used!! This year what better item to use to help them spread the power of yet and growth mindset but these amazing circle sit spots! So not only are they great for marking the carpet for sitting spaces but they are also great for dot day and spreading the knowledge of growth mindset and the power of yet! Check out their dots using sit spots

What can you create with just a dot! Using these paint markers from Learn365, my kids were able to create so many things! Check them out!

I used my Dot Day unit which you can click on the photo below and get it from my teachers pay teachers store!

The kids loved this unit! 

Fablevision has a lot of resources also! They have free posters and certificates for you to print off! I had my students hold one of the posters in their photos and they all received a certificate at the end of the day! 

I found the old fashioned candy buttons at a candy store in Lancaster so I thought they would be a fun addition to our unit! 

And to end the day my kids all got some cool polka dotted sunglasses I got from oriental trading! They loved this day!

Oriental Trading and Learn365 did not pay me for my opinions! I was given the products in return for my own honest thoughts and opinions, my opinions are my own and are not influenced by Oriental Trading in any way!